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Posted Jackie Burns, Hays VP, on Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015
The mining industry downturn has made resource and mining employers more conservative in their expectations for growth in 2015, but a third of employers still expect staff levels to increase this year - if they can find the skilled workers they need.
Employers are facing significant difficulties finding the specific skills they need, especially for tradespeople such as millwrights, mechanics and electricians.
Addressing shortages in specific specialisms will be vital for ongoing success. Twenty-seven per cent of employers say a lack of people entering the industry is one of the key factors causing the skill shortage.
Industry leaders must ensure that opportunities are communicated widely, and to groups that are often overlooked, such as women, who make up just four per cent of trade roles. Trades are not well-promoted in schools, a point that 50 per cent of respondents say is to blame for the lack of new people entering the industry.
By partnering with colleges, offering apprenticeships, and selling the industry as one that offers clear career paths for long-term success resource and mining employers can reduce future shortages.
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